Online multiplayer games have been a hit for a very long time and for a reason. Consider MMORPG Games like e.g. World of Warcraft having 11+ million paying subscribers and games like FarmVille played on the social media site Facebook having 46 million monthly users.
These games have made it clear that people like games and that it is typically much more fun and challenging to play games with or against other people. Latest development in mobile devices like e.g. the iPhone 4 and 5 makes it possible and really fun to play games any time and anywhere. Further with several million iPhone’s sold by now, there’s a good chance you can find a friend or a co-op partner to play with online. Actually there are plenty iPhone multiplayer games available and they are typically sold at a very low prize in the App Store.
Whether your pal is across the room from you, in another country, or even in another time zone should not matter much. There are different options available. You can play over local WiFi where all players connect over the same hub or use Global WiFi and 3G games letting you compete from anywhere. For this article I have created a list of the best iPhone multiplayer games allowing you to play with other people on the move. Enjoy! Apps and games for the iPhone are great but don’t miss out on these iPhone 4 Cases and iPhone 5 Cases. They protect your iPhone and makes it look great! It is so popular now to create apps and games – have you ever considered learning how to make an iPhone App yourself?
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Lead your clan to victory! Clash of Clans is an epic combat strategy game. Build your village, train your troops and battle with thousands of other players online! (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad). Be careful however, this is one of the games that I have had a hard time putting away again… And it is tricky and time consuming if you are not willing to spend diamonds!
This is a great game to play with 2 or even more people. You have to move the blades out of the way carefully with your fingers to punch the buttons underneath. As the levels get more complex you need more and more fingers and quick reactions to avoid getting ‘sliced’. The sound and splatter effects are so good that we found ourselves jerking our hands away while playing because we actually felt like we were going to get cut. Great game to gather people around.
Dark Legends is a FREE vampire horror adventure and 3D Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). In this bloody addition to Spacetime Studios’ Legends games, Vampires have been hunted to the brink of extinction by human supremacists that have called on evil supernatural creatures for help. You are the last line of defense and will undertake missions for the Vampire Nation to dominate or utterly destroy your enemies. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Shadow Vanguard is a more strategic take on the first person shooter. It emphasizes cover and teamwork much more than games like Eliminate. There is a death match as well as a cooperative mode but the lack of voice chat makes the co-op mode very difficult for a gameplay mechanic that requires precise timing and teamwork. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
I have heard of entire families that turned to Hayday for playing together, sharing resources, production etc. to get a shipment out the door… It is about setting up a farm from scratch by harvesting crops and building bakeries, sugar mills and dairies that turn your fresh produce into wholesome goods. You can trade with your friends at your very own Farmer’s Market. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad). The game is a bit aggressive to get you connected on Facebook, but it is not a requirement!
The only HD skateboarding game available! Play with your friends using the multiplayer mode, complete achievements, gain experience and upgrade your skaters. Customize your outfits, shoes, board, trucks, wheels and bearings. Challenge skaters from all over the world using Game Center leaderboards.
You have always dreamed of flying – but your wings are tiny. Luckily the world is full of beautiful hills. Use the hills as jumps – slide down, flap your wings and fly! At least for a moment – until this annoying gravity brings you back down to earth. But the next hill is waiting for you already. Watch out for the night and fly as fast as you can.
Armada has a true world-wide multi-player system! Choose your Armada and prepare for war in this revolutionary four player online 3D Real Time Strategy game. Battle to get new upgrades and become the most powerful and fearsome Armada in the galaxy!
Featuring 30 leagues, 500 licensed teams, and more than 15,000 players. From the English Premiership and La Liga, to the German Bundesliga and beyond – take the superstars of football on the pitch in Quick Match, Manager or the brand new Online Multiplayer and Tournament game modes as you dominate your league and march toward glory in 32 authentic stadiums. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
This online role-playing game allows players to tackle quests with others all over the world. A player can auction items and acquire special equipment, just like the traditional MMORPG games, but now it can be played during the morning commute. The game is free, with no subscription costs, and as a bonus, is a universal app on iOS. Player accounts are cross-compatible with Android, making it possible to play as the same character on both devices. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Drive 60 different cars from the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, including the legendary DeLorean. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Pocket Legends is a ground-breaking and unique Mobile MMORPG, or ‘massively-multiplayer online role-playing game’ where you will join millions of players from around the world. Cooperate to undertake wild adventures in creepy dungeons, frigid mountain peaks, and steamy swamps! What will your path look like in this unique fantasy epic? Assume the role of a powerful bear-like Ursan Warrior, mystical Elf Enchantress, or Avian Archer. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Four Massive Zombie Maps. One Great New Price. Now includes the ALL-NEW fan favorite, Der Riese, the largest, most feature-rich Zombie map to date. This is the ultimate Co-op experience for the iPhone/iPod Touch! (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Grab your grenades and prepare for battle, as the worms are back, bigger and better than ever in Worms™2: Armageddon! The best-selling turn-based-strategy blast-a-thon is back on the App Store for iPhone and iPad with new weapons, brand new customization options and of course, more explosions! Get ready for the ultimate installment! With many games modes available, there is something for everyone. Battle against 3 other friends in high-octane multi-player action or take on the solo campaign in a bid to become the ultimate mercenary worm!(Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Jam with all 30 NBA teams and your favorite NBA stars! Unlock legends from the classic arcade era like Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Dr. J, Scott Skiles, Karl Malone, Detlef Schrempf, and Danny Manning – plus some secret players you can only get on iOS. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
This modern entry of Capcom’s famous fighting game series has an elaborate, near-console quality iOS version. The Volt version enables online play, allowing for battle between two players anywhere in the world. Capcom has also shown a commitment to post-release support by adding new content and addressing technical online play issues. Those who fear that a fighting game won’t work on a touch screen as well will be pleasantly surprised to maneuver Street Fighter mobile play.
Classic card game Uno might be forever associated with scary men showing their privates over Xbox Live cameras but, if you can disassociate the game with streaming nudity and Gamerpoints, remember it’s still a fun game about cards and shouting words really loudly. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Aside from Real Racing 2, 2XL ATV is one of the most solid racing games on the App Store. The off-road setting is a nice change of pace from many of the road racing games available. The graphics aren’t quite as pretty here as they are in Real Racing but they’re still very respectable. Tons of tracks, a bunch of uniform and ATV customization options and online leaderboards and statistics round out a top notch multiplayer experience. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Finally a true real-time, full-3D MMORPG comes to the App Store: Explore a vast heroic fantasy world and join thousands of players in this massively multiplayer online experience that pushes the boundaries of epic! (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Probably the best single-player FPS on this list, Black Pegasus also has a strong multiplayer component. Up to 10-player battles are possible in a bunch of different modes. The standard deathmatch and CTF modes are here but you also get the classic bomb defuse and team battles as well. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
N.O.V.A. is frequently referred to as ‘Halo for iPhone’ and that comparison is pretty accurate. It’s gameplay is less realistic than Black Pegasus or Shadow Vanguard, with the same bouncy feel that Halo movement has. There’s good gameplay here though and it’s a bit more forgiving than those other games because of the speed of motion. There’s a ranking and perks system in place for incentive to keep playing. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Get ready for the most exhilarating handheld racing experience! Take control of 30 officially licensed cars, each with unique performance characteristics. Feel the thrill of authentic pack racing action in an incredible 16-car grid – the first on iOS! (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Homerun Battle 3D! This 2011 season, the Grand Slam continues! (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Uniwar has been around on the App Store for a long time and was one of the first asynchronous strategy games available. It’s graphics are dated and the strategies involved are fairly simplistic, but as millions of Starcraft players still playing matches on the original can tell you, it’s the human component that makes it fun. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
The best real-time strategy is now at your fingertips! Starfront: Collision, the epitome of RTS gameplay with gorgeous HD graphics and a competitive 4-player multiplayer, finally hits the App Store! (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Instead of the freemium model of Eliminate, Archetype has you pay up front but delivers a pretty comprehensive experience. Large online battles in modes like capture-the-flag, deathmatch and more make this a must-purchase for any FPS fan. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Play chess with your friends and family anytime, anywhere. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
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Capture the traditional look and feel of the original board game – but blow it out with a NEW interactive experience on iPad. Strategize over the world map, which springs to life with intense visual clarity. Attack with a sleek dice-roll effect. Sense a greater thrill of battle with awesome sound effects, and more. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
A hex-based game that has you battling it out in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. This one is good for any hardcore board game freaks or those who were fans of the physical game. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Jump right into a game with up to 3 other players in Play Now mode. Or take your on chances against in-game computer opponents featuring 4 levels of difficulty. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
This physics puzzler-meets-golf game has online multiplayer access for up to four people. Players race to the finish, instead of attempting to score by fewest strokes. This means that strategy and shot selection have changed dramatically from the more traditional single-player mode. With little time to set up the perfect aim, getting the quickest and most effective shot is key. Thankfully, a variety of power-ups help make this happen. Ultimately, sinking the ball right before an opponent offers the kind of satisfaction that makes online gaming great. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
Have a blast playing with marbles all over again in this terrific 1-4 player game for the entire family. (Compatible with both iPhone and iPad)
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